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Thailand sack coach Rajevac

The head coach of the Thailand football team, Milovan Rajevac, has been sacked following their opening game defeat to India in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

India defeated Thailand 4-1 at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi thanks to goals from Sunil Chhetri (27′, 46′), Anirudh Thapa (68′) and Jeje Lalpekhlua (80′).

Following the defeat, Football Association of Thailand (FAT) President, Somyot Poompanmoung, announced the coach’s departure in a letter and revealed that the the team’s disappointing loss to India is the key reason behind the firing.

“We are playing in the biggest football competition in Asia. This is something we have waited for very long and FA Thailand has fully supported the preparations of the national team to reach its highest potential before the competition with the intention of producing better results than before.

“But the result [against India] is not what is expected of the Thai national team and that our supporters deserve. Just like all Thai football fans across the country, I am also disappointed with the result. But as the president of the football association, I cannot stand still with this problem.

“I would like to announce the termination of the contract of the head coach of the Thai national team Milovan Rajevac and also announce the appointment of Sirisak Yodyardthai to perform the duties with the team.

“Thai national team, with Choketawee Promrat as the assistant coach, will prepare the team for the next match in the AFC Asian Cup,” wrote Somyot.

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